Easy Whole Wheat Grain Bread is delicious, healthy, and incredibly simple to make! It reminds you of why homemade bread is so superior to store bought loaves. Whole wheat flour, flax seeds, and oats are the foundation of this incredible bread. If I had sunflower seeds I would’ve thrown them in too, but hey, create with what you have and waste not! Are you sick of hearing me say that yet? 😉
When I was in Ireland I ate homemade ‘brown bread’ at my relative’s house daily. This bread recipe reminds of the brown bread I had when I was there. Prior to arriving my mom said 2 things to me: 1- You must accept tea when offered to you. 2- You must eat the brown bread when offered to you. So, I did! Boat loads and boat loads of it with my friend, Cheryl. Perhaps my mom could’ve offered me alternate advice about traveling through Europe with my 18 year old friend a week after we graduated high school, but perhaps she knew I wouldn’t have taken it. It was surreal to be away, so far away, and so free, for the first time in our lives. We had no idea what the hell we were doing, were supposed to be seeing, what we shouldn’t be doing… 😉 So, we did everything, and it was awesome.
This Easy Whole Wheat Grain Bread is crazy easy, delicious, and healthy. It wins across the board! Great with butter, hummus, or any spread, and excellent for sandwiches, too. Get down with the bread and #carbthe’bleep’up! (My favorite hashtag on Instagram) 😉
- 4 C whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 packet fast-acting yeast
- 2 Tbl agave or honey (I use agave)
- 1-2 Tbl flaxseed (Pending upon what you prefer)
- 3 Tbl oats
- 1 tsp salt
- Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl leaving 1/4 flour for later, and stir well
- When fully stirred, knead dough with hands
- Add flour until the dough doesn't stick to the bowl any longer
- Spray the bowl and cover dough with a cloth - let rise for 2 hours
- Next, let rise in fridge for an additional 2-3 hours
- Take bread out of the refrigerator and knead
- Spray a loaf pan and shape the dough inside the pan. Spray top of bread. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30-40 minutes
- Bake bread for 30-35 minutes at 425f
- Great with butter, hummus, or any spread! Excellent as a sandwich bread as well.
Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! is my most favorite comfort food. This is a mac n’ cheese recipe for vegans and non-vegans alike. It’s crazy creamy, flavorful, and (drum roll please)… healthy! Don’t let that scary word deter you. I promise you that this kinda health will only bring you happiness. In a mouth watering, drooling, gimme some more, can’t stop won’t stop, this is the food bomb of the year, melt in your mouth, orgasmic kinda shit, kinda way. I know, I’m setting the bar high, but this will deliver. My kiddo, when asked what he wants for dinner, at least 3 days of the week begs me for “vegan macaroni and cheese puhleeeasse, mom!” Even the meat eating, vegan sceptic hubby thinks it’s incredible. His vegan fearing mother is coming for a visit from Scotland soon and he’s asked me to unknowingly feed her loads of yummy vegan food and drop the “V” bomb on her after she’s scarfed it all up. Now, this just feels wrong, but hey, it just might still happen. However, he can drop that dirty lil’ “V” word, not me. Judge us if you will. 😉
Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! is the perfect lunch or dinner for all walks of life. I recommend saving some of the cheese sauce on the side so that if you actually have left overs the following day you can pour on some new sauce before reheating, otherwise it will be a bit dry like a ‘real’ mac n’ cheese. I used my fabulously beautiful and buttery crooked neck heirloom squash from my garden, however, you can use any yellow squash. That all being said, go get cookin’ into your carb coma! *IMPORTANT: Be sure you have someone to roll you from the table to the bed. This mac n’ cheese don’t mess around, aight? 😉
- 2 1/2- 3 yellow squashed - sliced
- 1 C vegetable broth
- 1/2 C nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 2-3 Tbl flax seed (optional - but hey, so healthy, why not?!)
- 1 Tbl garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/3- 1/2 C raw and unsalted cashews
- 1 lb pasta
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400f and then roast squash until soft (about 25 minutes)
- Meanwhile, boil your choice of pasta and set all other ingredients in a blender (I use my Vitamix)
- When squash is done, place in blender with other ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth
- Pour over pasta and done!
- You will have extra sauce for another round of pasta! Make 2 lbs for a party size. Also, save some sauce if you will have left overs the following day when reheating. It will be too dry without extra sauce when reheating like a 'real' mac n' cheese.
- Beer- American style brown ale
- White wine- Dry riesling
- Red wine- Grenache
Creamy Peanut Thai Noodles is my most favorite dish this summer. It’s right up there with my Crazy Creamy Pesto! I am a massive noodle lover, no doubt about that. Peanut noodles are always my fave and I have been perfecting this recipe forever! If ever there were a perfectly creamy and healthy noodle dish, this is it. Taking one for the win!
When I was living in China there was very little I could eat at Chinese restaurants. Din Tai Fung was my ultimate favorite place on the planet. One, because I could actually eat there. Two, because of their amazing dumplings, braised tofu, aaaand noodles! I have been on an epic quest to recreate those ‘noods’. In doing so, I concocted something I like even better! Score again! I make bucket loads of sauce and freeze the rest in small sized batches so that I can just take a meal-size out of the freezer when needed.
If you eat this and aren’t a sloppy hot mess, you’ve not enjoyed them properly. I wanna see sauce all over your pretty little face dripping down the noodles and your mouth. See G-man (below) doing just that. Hands and all! Now, go get your ‘noods’ on!
… getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha, your ‘noods’ on…
- 2 C raw and unsalted peanuts
- 1/2 C nutritional yeast
- 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
- 3-4 Tbl Braggs Aminos or soy sauce
- 1 Tbl sesame oil
- 1 Tbl agave or honey
- 1 Tbl lime juice (optional)
- Sprinkling of salt if needed (I do not use)
- 2 tsp ginger powder
- Water for texture
- Noodles (asian-think ramen)
- Boil noodles
- Place all other ingredients in a strong blender/processor (I use my Vitamix) and blend
- Very slowly add water for a thinner (not too thin!) texture as you blend
- Pour amount needed over noodles and you're done!
- Freeze extra sauce
Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos was the last recipe I had made as a veg-head!* I was vegan many moons ago for two years and have decided that after watching “What the Health” and a few other documentaries about plant-based diets/veganism that I would return to the vegan world. Also, just my own want and desire to always return to my vegan ways. That being said, Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos was an incredible creation that would be just as incredible with a vegan chx and sans queso fresco.
I am a massive lover of tacos, quesadillas, or anything that I can smother in hot sauce, cilantro, and avocado. Obviously, a margarita wouldn’t hurt the process if you decided to sweeten the deal. 😉 Everyone I know has been raving about street tacos for the past year. I guess I live under a rock because I had no freakin’ idea what the hell they were talking about. Hence the birth of this delicious lil’ taco recipe I have so kindly shared with you here. 😉 Invite some of your most favorite peeps over and chow down with some incredibly beautiful, delicious, yet healthy and easy (bonus for sure) food, and blend up some tasty margs. You’ll be a taco making star amongst your nearest and dearest. If you’re not convinced, serve them more margaritas. 😉 Taco time!
*Veg-head: (Top definition in Urban Dictionary)
- Quorn Fajita Chicken
- 5 street taco tortillas (4.5") - corn or flour
- 1 zucchini- diced finely
- 1 avocado- diced
- 1/2 can of pinto beans (seasoned or unseasoned)
- 5 mushrooms -diced finely
- 1/2 lime or the equivalent in lime juice
- Fresh cilantro to taste
- Taco seasoning to taste
- Queso fresco- enough to be sprinkled on each taco. Approximately 4-5 Tbl
- Hot sauce to taste
- Toss the pintos beans, taco seasoning, lime juice, zucchini, and mushrooms in a bowl and mix
- Cook in pan with chicken for about 5 minutes (medium-medium high)
- Lay out tortillas and divide the mix evenly on top of each tortilla
- Garnish with cilantro, queso fresco, avocado, and hot sauce
- Fold in half and done!
- Your choice of margarita
- Beer (pale ale or IPA)
Crazy Creamy Pesto (Vegan)! is my new summertime spread. I use it on virtually everything I eat! My garden is overflowing with basil plants so I’m pumpin’ out pesto like it’s going outta style. I’ve been adding all sorts of things to my pesto: arugula, spinach, kale, cashews etc. My girl friends and I went camping recently and one of the ladies had made a pesto pasta salad using an edible lemon essential oil and it was amazing! If you get your hands on some of that tastiness I urge you to throw it into your pesto for a superbly refreshing summertime sauce.
The one thing I remember my father making plenty of every summer was pesto. Every time I’d pop over there for a meal we’d be eating it in some form or another. I, too, am a lover of pesto everything. This summer I’ve been making loads of rotini and farfalle with my Crazy Creamy Pesto (Vegan)! sauce. However, I rub that creamy green goddess sauce on sandbos, wraps, as a dip for veggies (peppers overflowing outta my garden), as a pizza sauce (both myself and G man’s most favorite thing to make together), or with any grain imaginable tossed up with some salad goodies. I think the gist is that you really can’t go wrong with pesto… ever.
Basil, spinach, kale, walnuts (’cause who can afford pine nuts these days?!), cashews (for extra creaminess), lemon, garlic, salt, and voila! Sub any of those salad greens for arugula or another healthy green. Add olive oil or any other oil for a different texture. As always, adapt and create to your tastebuds and whatever it is you have left over in your fridge or garden. Happy summertime eats to you all!
- Large handful of basil leaves (approximately 15-20 large leaves)
- 3/4 cup raw and unsalted cashews
- 1 cup raw and unsalted walnuts
- 1 cup raw spinach leaves
- 1 cup raw kale
- 1-2 Tbl lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- salt to taste
- olive oil/water for texture (as per your preference). I add a small bit of water to thin it out during blending and mix in a smidge of olive oil once in bowl.
- Put all ingredients into a blender (minus oil) except water and blend
- Slowly add water according to your desired consistency and blend again
- Sub out spinach or kale for arugula, or add less of the first two and use all three together!
- Add tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, or sauteed mushrooms to liven up a pesto pasta!
- Sauvignon Blanc or Arneis